now showingSpring 2007




Pittsburgh’s Young Artists:
Something to Celebrate

For more than 78 years, children have flocked to Carnegie Museum of Art to immerse themselves in the  creative process at the museum’s revered art classes, now called The Art Connection. On April 21, the museum will celebrate the work of its latest band of young artists at The Art Connection 78th Annual Student Exhibition. Formerly known as Palettes and Tam O’Shanters, The Art Connection continues to nurture the artistic talent of young Pittsburghers, which is definitely something to celebrate and observe at the annual student art show. Family, friends, alums, and anyone inspired by the creativity of kids are invited. 10 a.m.–noon. Hall of Sculpture.

Gritty Brits Converge in the ‘Burgh

They’re called “Gritty Brits” because they’re a new generation of architects who are re-defining and revitalizing London’s gritty East End—colonizing previously overlooked sites and designing new structures that fit into existing neighborhoods in surprising ways. In Gritty Brits: New London Architecture, their work is now on display at Heinz Architectural Center. Through models, photographs, drawings, film, and DVDs, the exhibition gives visitors a taste of London today—a city that’s undergoing tremendous economic and social change, not unlike periods of Pittsburgh’s own history, including today!


Studying Nature Through Art

Two art exhibits now at Carnegie Museum of Natural History tell us a lot about what’s right in our own backyard and what’s tucked away in the Eden-like world of the marshes. Now through June, visitors can learn about endangered Pennsylvania plants and the alien species considered to be invasive threats to them in Backyard Invasion: Selected Botanical Works from the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, displayed in the R.P. Simmons Gallery Foyer on the third floor. Marshes: The Disappearing Edens, on view in the first-floor main foyer, is another artistic lesson on a marvel of nature: the mysterious and concealing marsh. After three decades of prowling these mysterious places armed with a camera, photographer William Burt reveals the shy inhabitants of these wet and wonderful places.

Calling All Bird Lovers!

For more than a decade, Powdermill Nature Reserve, in scenic Ligonier, Pa., has been celebrating spring and its love of birds at its annual Garden Themes & Birdhouse Dreams competition and auction.  Scheduled for May 25, the event will once again feature the handiwork of many people with the same passions: birds, gardens, and nature in general. Crafty individuals interested in entering and donating a piece of garden- or bird-themed art must submit their creations no later than May 10. To register, go online at and complete an entry form. Winning entries will share a $1,500 prize, and all entries will be displayed at the Garden Themes & Birdhouse Dreams auction. If you’d like to attend this year’s event, call 724.593.6105.


The Bugs Are Back!

Back by popular demand, Carnegie Science Center—with the help of the “bug guys” at Carnegie Museum of Natural History—will hold another Bugs Weekend March 10-11. Come celebrate the microscopic world of insects at Rangos Omnimax Theater, where you’ll see the cool IMAX® film, Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure. And outside the theater, you can check out some live specimens, take part in special creepy-crawly activities, and maybe even enjoy some buggy prizes.

Astronomical Happenings

Carnegie Science Center is the best place in the region to go star gazing, and maybe even get lost in space for a little while.  Every clear-skied Saturday, from 9-10:30 p.m., for only $1, visitors can gaze through the Science Center’s giant telescope at the Buhl Observatory. Aspiring astronomers can even bring their telescopes for special telescope workshops, where they’ll get helpful tips from Buhl Observatory staff (call 412.237.1637 to inquire). And at this year’s Astronomy Weekend, March 31 and April 1 (no fooling!), astronomers of all ages and skill levels can mix and mingle and enjoy special activities, including the amazing technology of the Buhl Digital Dome—the next best thing to blasting off into space!  The event is free with museum admission.
And coming this May: A Traveler’s Guide to Mars at the Buhl Digital Dome, a new kind of planetarium experience that will take us on a fantastic journey to the red planet!  


LIVE MUSIC at The Warhol

The music is live at The Warhol this spring, and the Clogs are the latest addition to the line-up, taking the stage April 2. Four musicians from the United States and Australia, the Clogs compose and improvise using sounds, textures and influences from across the musical spectrum. Their fourth album, Lantern, was released in 2006. Also catch Under Byen March 9 and Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra on March 27. More than any other artist, Toumani Diabaté is responsible for introducing the kora, a 21-string harp unique to West Africa, to audiences around the world. Aside from being a player of exceptional virtuosity and creativity, Diabaté plays a vital role as bandleader, teacher, musical conservationist, and composer in the capital city of Bamako, Mali, where he was born and has lived all his life. All shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Check out full details about LIVE shows on The Warhol’s website at

Art, Science, and Deadly Medicine

Since the opening of Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race, an exhibition organized by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Warhol has been teaming with University of Pittsburgh faculty to present Sunday talks that explore the intersections of art, science, and ethics in humankind’s dangerous pursuit of perfection. The 30-minute,
4 p.m. talks continue through the close of Deadly Medicine on March 18, with the following speakers: Mary Crossley, Dean, School of Law, on March 4; Seymour Drescher, Professor of History and Sociology, on March 11; and Kate Seelman, Professor and Associate Dean of Disability Programs, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, on March 18. All programs are free with museum admission, and University of Pittsburgh students will enjoy their visits for free. Also through the end of Deadly Medicine, The Warhol continues its Kosher Saturdays. In honor of Shabbat, the weekly day of rest in Judaism observed from before sundown on Friday until after nightfall on Saturday, the museum is having extended Saturday hours, through 9 p.m.

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For a complete listing of exhibits, programs, and classes at the four museums through May, see the enclosed tear-out calendar.  Also, see Summer Camps listings on pages 8-11.


Also in this issue:

One Hot Topic  ·  West Looks East  ·  Golden Years  ·  Off the Wall …and Into Packed Theaters  ·  Director's Note  ·  NewsWorthy  ·  Face Time: Lareese Hall  ·  Artistic License: Bizarre Beasts  ·  First Person: Video Art, by Douglas Fogle  ·  About Town: Let's Explore  ·  Another Look: The Natural History Docent  ·  Science & Nature: In Search of the Best Visitor Experience  ·  Then & Now: Hillman Hall